Diego Costa returns to Chelsea training but wants summer move

Conte, who supported his coach, made Costa train alone and omitted him from the squad who beat Leicester City on Saturday. Chelsea were convinced the player’s attitude was born less of an injury and more of interest from the Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Quanjian. Although Chelsea always envisaged Costa returning to the fold, there is an acceptance his stay is unlikely to extend beyond the summer. The same can be said for Costa because Chelsea would only let him leave in June. However, the new season of the Chinese Super League will almost reach the halfway stage in June, we can’t wait so long.

January 17, 2017 17:04 UTC

Manchester City may appeal against Bacary Sagna fine for Instagram post

Manchester City are considering appealing against Bacary Sagna’s £40,000 fine for an Instagram post, with the club dismayed at the severity of the tariff given to the defender by a Football Association independent regulatory commission. Pep Guardiola to target new Manchester City goalkeeper in summer Read moreCity believe Sagna’s previous good character and the fact that he admitted the charge and erased the “10 against 12” comment about the referee Lee Mason, who had sent off Fernandinho in the 2-1 win over Burnley on 2 January, mean the fine is too harsh. The club also believes there are precedents which indicate the 33-year-old has received an excessive punishment. City do not understand why in September Burnley’s Andre Gray, who tweeted homophobic comments in 2012, was fined £25,000 – £15,000 less than Sagna – although the forward did also receive a four-match ban. West Ham United’s Andy Carroll was only warned in April after claiming the referee Jon Moss had tried to “even things up” by awarding a late penalty to Leicester City in a 2-2 draw.

January 17, 2017 13:31 UTC

Topless feminist protester attacks Donald Trump waxwork

A topless activist from the feminist group Femen attacked a lifesize statue of Donald Trump during an unveiling ceremony at a waxwork museum in Madrid. The woman reportedly pushed past security ropes and placed her hand on the statue’s crotch while screaming “grab patriarchy by the balls”. Museum staff spent several minutes trying to restrain the woman before eventually bundling her out through a back door. Artists had spent more than three days creating the wax figure, paying close attention to the colour and style of its hair, Presa said. Femen, an international group that began in Ukraine, is known for using nudity in protests over women’s rights.

January 17, 2017 12:41 UTC

Rising inflation suggests supermarket price war is over

Food prices rose by 0.8 per cent between November and December, indicating that supermarkets are raising prices Julien Behal/PAInflation has jumped to its highest level in more than two years as the fall in the value of the pound begins to affect the cost of everyday goods and services. The consumer prices index (CPI) climbed above expectations to 1.6 per cent in December, up from 1.2 per cent the previous month. The last time the annual rate of inflation was this high was July 2014, the Office for National Statistics, which compiles the figures, said. Economists expect the rate of inflation to reach the Bank of England’s target of 2 per cent as early as next month and to be close to 3 per cent by the end of 2017. Mike Prestwood, of the ONS, said: “This is the highest CPI has been…

January 17, 2017 12:04 UTC

Libyan rebel wins right to sue Jack Straw over rendition

Abdul-Hakim Belhaj claims Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, and M16 colluded to have him transferred into the hands of the Gaddafi regime APA Libyan politician can sue the British government over claims that he was illegally sent back to the Gaddafi regime where he was held and tortured, the UK’s highest court ruled today. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Bouchar, who was pregnant at the time, claim that Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, and M16 were complicit in arranging their rendition from China in 2004. The Supreme Court said the allegations were so serious they had to be heard before a UK court because otherwise they could not be pursued anywhere else in the world. The court was ruling on several appeals on high-profile damages claims brought by foreign nationals who allege unlawful detention against the UK government in Iraq and Afghanistan. In three other…

January 17, 2017 12:04 UTC



FTSE down as investors take profits from 14-day winning streak

Rolls-Royce shares rallied after the aerospace engineer reached a £671 million out-of-court settlement with anti-fraud agencies following four years of bribery and corruption investigations ReutersThe FTSE 100 extended its recent pullback as investors took profits after an historic winning streak came to an end this week. The UK’s top share index was down 25.35 points, or 0.35 per cent, to 7,301.78, with other leading European bourses also in the red. Before Theresa May made her key speech on the government’s Brexit plans this morning analysts said that there was some “risk-off sentiment”. The fallback in the FTSE 100came as the pound rallied against the dollar, up almost 1 per cent to $1.2160. The weak pound, which fell yesterday to its lowest since October’s flash crash as investors positioned themselves in anticipation of the speech, has helped to propel stock indices to record highs this winter as it has boosted…

January 17, 2017 12:04 UTC

Apple increases App Store prices by 25% following Brexit vote

Apple is raising prices on its UK App Store by almost 25% to reflect the sharp depreciation of the pound following June’s vote to leave the European Union. The new prices enshrine parity between the dollar and the pound, at least for apps on the iOS and Mac app stores. Apple announced the price rises in an email to app developers on Tuesday, and told them “when foreign exchange rates or taxation changes, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store”. Similar price increases are expected to hit other Apple stores, including the iTunes Store for music and video and the iBooks Store. These factors vary from region to region and over time.”The price rises were announced the same day UK inflation surged to 1.6%, higher than expected.

January 17, 2017 10:32 UTC

If you can’t bat, bowl or field then the cricket quiz can tick all your boxes | The Spin

So Daly won his 20 guineas, and, soon enough, quiz came to mean “a hoax, a trick, a humbug, or a joke”. “In the early 1930s, three friends, who had known each other at Eton and Oxford, shared a flat in London. Like last Thursday night, when the latest edition of the ferociously competitive Nightwatchman charity quiz was held at the Oval. “Imran Khan had two cousins who played Test cricket. • This is an extract taken from the Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email.

January 17, 2017 10:00 UTC

An alternative to May's Brexit speech – by Guardian readers

Theresa May outlines her Brexit objectives in a speech at Lancaster House on Tuesday, in which she is expected to confirm that Britain will be leaving the EU’s single market. Rob Jewitt, Northumberland2) Stay in the single marketFacebook Twitter Pinterest Single market: crucial to Britain’s economic future? Andy, Surrey5) Acknowledge migration’s importance to the UKFacebook Twitter Pinterest Shop selling Polish grocery in Ealing, west London. John Hodgson, Nottingham6) End the uncertaintyFacebook Twitter Pinterest Should May go into substantive detail about Britain’s negotiation intentions? Amanda Wintcher, Gateshead8) Call the whole thing offFacebook Twitter Pinterest Now that really would be news.

January 17, 2017 09:53 UTC

'Good Night, Malaysian Three Seven Zero': unraveling an aviation mystery

“Good Night, Malaysian Three Seven Zero.”It was the last radio message sent from the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, voiced in the dispassionate tone of a routine call to air traffic control. MH370 report offers no answers but Malaysia vows to continue search Read moreBut a follow-up search found nothing. MH370: Malaysia sends team to investigate debris on Réunion Read moreThe theoriesTheories have ranged from sabotage to the personal or psychological problems of the passengers. ​The man on a solo mission to find ​the wreckage o​f​ flight MH370 Read moreBut none were used. Widow Jennifer Chong says Malaysian Airlines displayed a “remarkable series of blunders that enabled the plane to disappear over Malaysian airspace”.

January 17, 2017 09:34 UTC

Firefighters battle out-of-control blaze near Canberra and dozens of others

The ABC reported the fire front was 18km long on Tuesday afternoon and one rural property at Hazeldell Road had been lost, as well as a number of sheds and cars. An emergency warning had been issued for homes near Mount Fairy Road, Hazeldell Road, Barnet Drive and Goulburn Road, with residents in the vicinity of Boro Road sent emergency alert phone warnings. While the majority of blazes were small grass fires, shifting winds did fan fires close to populated areas. Numerous crews also had to battle an out of control grass fire in Minimay near the South Australian border, which spread quickly, burning about 250ha before being contained. “A quick response in the early stages helped to keep small fires small,” a state control centre spokeswoman said.

January 17, 2017 09:10 UTC

Theresa May Brexit speech's shows UK getting 'more realistic', says Tusk - Politics live

16:25Sylvie Goulard, a French liberal MEP, who closely follows Brexit, thought the prime minister struck a friendlier tone, compared to her party conference speech. It would be very strange for the UK not to reflect its own commitments.”She pointed out May’s speech also contained important omissions, with no direct reference to the €60bn (£51bn) Brexit bill being prepared by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. “It brings it into clearer focus and enables everyone to sit down and prepare for the negotiations with that tighter focus.”One of the trickiest points for both sides will be agreeing a transition deal. EU negotiators have made clear that the UK cannot have a transition deal without accepting the writ of the European court of justice. If it is the status quo or close to it, it is going to be very difficult for the UK to accept.

January 17, 2017 09:00 UTC

British role in Yemen war raises terror risk at home, warns Andrew Mitchell

Britain is stoking the threat of terror attacks on home soil by helping Saudi Arabia blockade Yemen, a former international development secretary has warned. Andrew Mitchell said Britain risked becoming “complicit in the destruction of a sovereign state” and breeding a new generation of anti-western radicals. “Yemen is not starving, Yemen is being starved and Britain is part of a coalition that is blockading this country by both land and sea,” Mr Mitchell told The Daily Telegraph. “People are horrified about what is happening and we are stoking hatred in this generation and particularly the next generation.”The UK’s “confused” policy would lead to “threats to Europe,” he said. More than 10,000 people have died in the war between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthis who…

January 17, 2017 08:59 UTC

Nightclub massacre suspect is arrested after 16‑day search

Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbekistani alleged to have been the Islamic State-inspired gunman, was captured in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul. Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul, said that Masharipov had confessed to the killings. Mr Sahin told reporters: “The terrorist confessed his crime. He’s a well-trained terrorist. It’s clear that the attack was carried out on behalf of Daesh.”He added that Marashipov had entered Turkey illegally from its eastern…

January 17, 2017 08:59 UTC

British American Tobacco agrees $49bn deal to take over rival

Reynolds, which owns the Camel and Newport brands, is the second largest seller of cigarettes in the United States ReutersBritish American Tobacco has agreed terms of a $49.4 billion recommended offer to take control of Reynolds American, the second largest seller of cigarettes in the United States. An earlier $47 billion offer to create the world’s largest listed tobacco company by turnover was rejected in November as too low. The agreed offer to buy the 57.8 per cent of Reynolds that BAT does not already own will give shareholders in the US company $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 of BAT a share for each share they hold. It values Reynolds shares at $59.64, a premium of 26 per cent over its closing price on October 20, the day before the proposed merger was announced. BAT’s initial offer was $56.60 a share, made up of…

January 17, 2017 08:59 UTC



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